Category: Features

CODIR: End violence against women in Iran!

UN DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN In October 2021, António Guterres, the UN Secretary General, addressed the Security Council’s annual debate on women, peace, and security.  Mr. Guterres spoke of the rising rates of violence and misogyny experienced […]

Iran death penalty threat for abortion unlawful: UN rights experts

16 November 2021 Human Rights – UN News A new Iranian law that raises the prospect of the death penalty for abortion has been condemned by independent human rights experts, who have declared that is in “clear contravention of international […]

Iran: Execution of juvenile offender ‘deeply alarming and shocking’

24 November 2021 Human Rights – UN News Arman Abdolali, 25, is the second juvenile offender to be executed in the country this year.    OHCHR expressed serious concern that his case follows the pattern of child offenders being convicted after […]

The storm of protest by Iranian automobile workers has no end in sight!

An unprecedented wave of protest by workers at the Iran Khodro automobile company has engulfed the largest manufacturer in this sector in Iran since the dispute broke out in late-October, with industrial unrest spreading across the company’s three major sites […]

CODIR supports a prompt return to a fair and negotiated resolution of the stand-off regarding Iran’s nuclear issue

China: “Upholding and implementing the JCPOA is the only effective way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.” In a press conference on Friday 19 November, Zhao Lijian, official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of […]

Iran: Release arbitrarily detained rights activist at imminent risk of flogging

Responding to the arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi on 16 November 2021 in Karaj, Alborz province, while attending a memorial for Ebrahim Ketabdar, who was killed by Iranian security forces during nationwide protests in November 2019, […]

Solidarity with the striking workers in Iran

Amidst the continuing waves of industrial action and unrest sweeping across Iran, CODIR is issuing a call for a campaign of solidarity with the striking workers of the Shafarood dam and reservoir complex in the country’s northern Gilan province. Workers […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Hunger-striking husband says UK must do more to secure her release

Richard Ratcliffe was speaking while on hunger strike outside the Foreign Office, where he is trying to force the government to help release his wife, who is being held in Iran. The British government is not doing enough to secure […]

Iran: People’s tribunal on deadly protest crackdowns must serve as wake-up call for all UN member states

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 11 November 2021 An international “people’s tribunal” which began hearings in London yesterday on the Iranian authorities’ killing and wounding of thousands of protesters and bystanders during nationwide protests in November 2019 is a powerful initiative […]

Teachers protest unfair treatment!

In recent weeks, Iran has witnessed a resurgence of industrial action amongst teachers and others working in the country’s beleaguered state education sector.  Iranian teachers have resorted to strikes and protests owing to the issues of long-unpaid salaries, withholding of […]